Minnesota State Fair = Food and Then Some

The Minnesota State Fair is happening this week through Labor Day.  As the event that signals the end of the summer and the time before the kids go back to school it is the place for families and friends to have fun and try every food you would never imagine.  The choices of foods range from meat on a stick to fried candy bars are all to challenge -er – dazzle the stomach.  There are many and I mean many choices. It’s fun.

As someone who didn’t grow up with a State Fair tradition, this was really a discovery!  The first time I went with friends we spent the entire day at the fair.  (Ah, memories of tiny doughnuts and rainbow ice cream.)

Here’s a link to the look-up to find food at the fair. Maps too.  http://www.mnstatefair.org/find/food/

This year I am thinking about root beer and my standby honey ice cream.  I usually try to start out with breakfast at a church diner.  What happens after that is really anyone’s guess.  I have tried cheese curds and liked ‘em.  There’s no danger in trying out foods you never suspected you would like.  If you have a problem with making choices (Who me?) then just go along with the crowd and dive into a line.  Love those chocolate chip cookies!  Last night on the TV news they had a visiting Dutchman on saying how they liked the food – American portions and a whole cup of cookies!

Well, that may seem odd to us.  The truth of it is that when you go to a Dutch house for coffee or teatime you will be served one cookie and one cookie only and that cookie will be as hard as a rock and fairly tasteless.  (Imagine my embarrassment when I, a newbie, didn’t know about the custom and took a second cookie. I was promptly informed that was really bad form. Aw shucks.)

Have no fear at the Minnesota State Fair you can have all the cookies you want and all the milk you can drink.  Don’t forget all the other fun stuff, like the animals, the rides, the arts and crafts, machinery hill and the parades and…the rodeo, horse shows, butter sculpture…music, need I say more?

“Enjoy The Great Minnesota Get Together!”

About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Chopped veggies in a Zen monastery for a weekend. (Seriously) Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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